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JBoss is throwing its open source weight around in the business process management (BPM) ring, adding a workflow engine to its middleware platform with today's launch of jBPM 2.0. JBoss will compete with the likes of Oracle, BEA Systems, IBM and Microsoft for its share of a BPM market that Gartner predicts will see moderate double-digit growth, to US$598 million through 2007. BPM software helps companies automate manual activities.
It is still soon to predict what will happen in the open source bpm arena. Process definition standards are still evolving, and there are various bpm open source initiatives. I believe movements such as the inclussion of jbpm in jboss will help this market consolidate and become more mature.
Lucas Rodriguez Cervera